Gnats or no-see-ums are tiny little fling bugs that like to swarm around your head as you are outside. These little critters can go into your eyes, ears and nose as you are just minding your own business. They have a tendency to bite you especially your ears and even though they are small they can hurt when they bite you. A wide brimmed hat can help keep the little pests off of you but they can still squirm underneath and reek havoc on your skin. Here are some ingredients that you can use to make a homemade gnat repellent.
Essential oils can be put on your ears, neck and hair to help keep gnats away. Many essential oils can be harmful or rough on the skin so it is a good idea to water them down into a less hurtful oil like olive, jojoba or coconut oil.
Gnats do not like spearmint, peppermint, geranium or eucalyptus globules oil. These are smells that repel the biting insects and keep them away. Use oils that are pure and natural with no additives for the best results.
In a small container like an empty lip gloss jar put a teaspoon of the olive oil, jojoba or coconut oil. Then put 3 drops of the spearmint, peppermint, geranium or eucalyptus globules oil and mix them together. Close up the jar tightly and you can a tiny container of gnat repellent that you can take with you where ever you go. Spread some of the oil on your temples, neck and hairline when you have trouble with gnats.
You can also turn this recipe into a spray by mixing together 5 drops of one of the above mentioned essential oils with two teaspoons of witch hazel and three tablespoons of water. Place these ingredients into a spray bottle and you can spray the gnat repellent on yourself before going into gnat territory.
Essential oils can work wonders on many health issues and some of them are also good at keeping bugs away. If you have allergies you may want to take a tiny amount of the essential oil and place it on your skin to see if you have a reaction to it before you use the oil on your body. Essential oils can be a good alternative to using chemical bug repellents since they are less harmful to humans yet they can still repel insects.